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Management of paediatric arrhythmias in Europe: authors' reply

Antonio Hernandez-Madrid, Jian Chen, Tatjana Potpara, Laurent Pison, Torben Bjerregaard Larsen, Heidi L. Estner, Derick Todd, Maria Grazia Bongiorni, Carina Blomström-Lundqvist on behalf of the Scientific Initiative Committee, European Heart Rhythm Association
DOI: http://dx.doi.org/10.1093/europace/euv093 1879-1880 First published online: 19 May 2015

We appreciate the letter by Juha-Matti Happonen et al.1 addressing our recently published EP wire on, ‘How are arrhythmias managed in the paediatric population in Europe? Results of the European Heart Rhythm Survey’.2

Europe encompasses a very large but diverse EP community, including physicians with various backgrounds and specialities coming from many countries and centres, with inherent differences regarding clinical practice, implementation of guidelines and their legal implication, access to modern therapies, and health economic systems.

Ideally, patient registries can capture such differences in patient management and thereby improve quality of care. Registries are, however, often associated with significant efforts and cost for the healthcare community, and …

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